Keeping Children Warm during the Cold Minnesota Winter
Update: Check out this news piece on the Operation Warm Beard Challenge.
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for Operation Warm, Duluth Firefighters Local 101 have teamed up with notable Duluthians to accept a challenge. John Goldfine, of ZMC Hotels; ISD 709 Superintendent, Bill Gronseth; Master Brewer at Just Take Action, Dave Hoops; our very own Tim Wilson; and City of Duluth Public Works and Utilities, Jake Laurion; will shave their iconic beards if enough money is raised in their name for Operation Warm.
What is Operation Warm?
Duluth Firefighters Local 101 founded Operation Warm in 2002 to counter one of the most unfathomable hardships of childhood poverty: the lack of adequate winter clothing. Through their efforts and the charitable donations of local Duluthians, Local 101 provides over 300,000 coats to children each year.
This year’s goal: Raise $10,000 to buy jackets for 300 Duluth children.
According to organizer Jon Otis, “The idea is that these hirsute Dulutians are willing to sacrifice their warmth to provide warmth to Duluth children.” Each man has chosen a goal from $1,650 to $2,500. If enough money is raised in their name, they will shave at the Operation Warm event held Bent Paddle Brewing Company on October 27th. All money raised supports the Duluth Firefighters Operation Warm mission to provide new, American made, winter coats to local children in need. The public can help by donating now through October 27th.
Visit the Duluth Firefighters Local 101 as they camp out at the Minnesota Power Plaza in downtown Duluth from October 6th through the 9th. There will be local music and fun activities every night. Check out the Plaza website for more details: Warm the Plaza